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syria pledges to retaliate while its close ally iran warns of dire consequences after israel launches a bombing raid on a target on your damascus. put it surfaces of alleged atrocities committed by mali and troops in towns freshly retaken from islamists this emit a news blackout on civilian casualties and french plans to hand over the operation to local troops completely. one out two when british taxpayers cry foul amid revelations of a backdoor hypes further complicating what some say is an already bloated tax system. and obama's pick for defense secretary goes before the senate as a confirmation hearing starts with vocal protest already coming from the israeli lobby.
it's seven pm here in moscow this is our chief coming to you live on the sonali with our top story this hour and syria says it may take action against israel after its fighter jets reportedly violated syria's sovereignty and bombs a military research complex close to damascus meanwhile diplomats in syria from the wrong say that the attack hold significant implications for israel paul the slayer is in tel aviv with details. we are hearing from syria that israel did launch a military strike inside that country israel has not commented neither confirming nor denying these reports the syrian ambassador to lebanon did say that it was not clear when ever tell you would happen and that it was up to the powers that be to decide on such decisive action but he did say that it was an option and that it was and would be
a surprise now the iranian foreign minister has also stated that this israeli attack has serious implications for the israeli city of tel aviv and those are indeed quite harsh warnings what we understand from syria from syria and sources is that the israelis hit a research center not far from the capital city of damascus and that at least two unsigned workers were killed there are also reports that the strike hit a convoy of weapons that was making its way from syria to lebanon and now washington reportedly was warned by israel obvious intention to strike inside syria this kind of comment coming from a high ranking american official who has spoken on condition that he not be named it is important to mention that a couple of months ago iran's revolutionary guard did say that assad had friends in the region who had not yet entered the fray the quote was of these friends who are poised to strike out in case there was an intervention in syria earlier this month
is well deployed its i am going to defense missile system to its border with syria and that this of a growing concern that they could be some kind of use of chemical weapons as i mentioned earlier we have no comment yet from tel aviv there also has been no comment from washington moscow has said if indeed these reports are accurate that the israelis did strike inside the syrian territory it is a gross violation of the united nations charter the arab league for its side has slammed is roll for these alleged strikes saying that they are a flagrant act of aggression and a glaring violation of syria's sovereignty. for more twenty four seven updates on the reported israeli bombing as well as opinions from inside the middle east check out paula's twitter feed and one of her latest tweets she's citing the hebrew press which says a syrian rebel group has actually claimed responsibility for the attack on the
military research center near damascus so to follow her on twitter throughout the day. now we also spoke to me as the q.e. editor of pan-african newswire he says the airstrikes in syria are all part of a foreign plan to bring down the us or government. well it's quite interesting that the israeli government as well as the united states has not officially responded to this provocation against syria it is doubly a situation in which they are opening up a nother front in the war against the government of bashar al assad part of that strategy of course has been a deployment of patriot missiles in turkey which is also a nato country on the border with syria the syrian government has been quite resolute in its campaign against these rebels over the last two years although the rebel organizations many of which are backed by the united states and the other nato countries have caused a lot of disruption and dislocation inside of syria they have not shaken the result
of the syrian government to maintain its position of authority inside the country so this is of course is another effort on the part of the backers of these rebels to further weaken and destabilize the government in damascus. well gary as government whereis over energy independence it's doing its best to block russian finance no power plant after invalidating a national referendum that back the construction plan. of our starts he has managed to get exclusive footage of what's believed to be atrocities committed by the mali an army in the town liberated from islamist rebels with the help of french forces and the information on civilian casualties in mali has been notably scarce we spoke to a local journalist gonzalo wash who told us of the origins of this disturbing tape . as we continue moving north and find reports of extrajudicial killings and
evidence we were crying of we have heard of the murder of a few citizens by mali and soldiers in the town of saddam not only did they kill them they shove their bodies into the drinking water well ok to be in the center of the town they can the rest of the population watch groups are hearing of cases. where people are being prosecuted for trying to earn a living under the rule of militants sixteen year old adama says he was unknowingly employed as a cook and butler by jihadists but was now being accused of terrorism. after i started working as a cook in the town of do when i went to surveyor there i met an old man and i asked him for a drink of water he said that he won't share water with terrorists i said that i was in a terrorist and i was just thirsty but then i was put into prison i am no terrorist i didn't even know that i was working with militants i only realized that through the rumors i started hearing and then when everyone went on to the frontline i was just cooking food for them no one even talked to me i think persecution is also
reportedly becoming widespread in the area of arabs until they said to be persecuted on charges of allegedly collaborating with the militants you know the government and the french troops are fighting against our contacts in timbuktu also told us that shops belonging to arabs are being looted. the french after retaking the final major city of kut doll from islamists say they will soon leave mali handing operations over to government troops low for news international consultant and former deputy speaker of the belgian parliament says this is a bad idea considering the low discipline and lack of fun day in the west african nation. but i hear now is how this surprises me i mean that first of all the million army does hold a grudge against the people who asked them from the northern part of the country and secondly the soldiers of very low grade and have very little armaments at such as a they're not really a regular army in that sense there's only. hardly
a state apparatus functioning how can your adjusted people and examine what they do you can't you just ground nick underlying that so the only thing you can do correctly is if you think people might be terrorist is hold them and arrest them and detain them but you certainly are doing this kind of actually judicial executions but eternally surprises me that this is going on right now this country needs support yes this country needs are but why is it that this help only comes in the form of military invasions that's a basic question you said we should ask ourselves. and there's also fears of sectarian revenge again attacks in mali following the french led military campaign more on this as well as images from the conflict torn country on r.t. dot com. if you believe.
the u.s. senate has started a come for confirmation hearing of one of president obama's most controversial choices for a key job in his team chuck hagel nominated to be the new defense secretary has been under fire for his stance towards the wrong and he's accused of being anti israel aren't you going to educate explains why certain political groups are so against his candidacy. chuck hagel has been under attack since his name was floated as president obama's pick for the defense secretary position it would see attack ads on all major u.s. t.v. channels saying what a terrible defense secretary chuck hagel would be all who are december and much of january they've been running these ads you know between the core shoals of beauty
products scripture and drugs and what so somewhere between those you could catch attack ads like this one secretary of defense chuck hagel president obama says he supports sanctions on iran giggle voted against the legal voted against labeling iran's revolutionary guard a terrorist group and while president obama says all options are on the table for preventing a nuclear iran eagle says military action is not a viable feasible responsible option president obama or secretary of defense chuck hagel is not a responsible option. that ad was sponsored by the emergency committee for israel so what that truck will do to deserve that as a u.s. senator chuck hagel has been critical of israel's policies he's been critical of the israeli lobby in washington here's what he said the political reality is that the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here i've always argued against some of the dumb things they do
because i don't think it's in the interest of israel i just don't think it's smart for israel and of quote among other things chuck hagel dared to say that u.s. interests should trump israeli interests if they conflict he supported direct negotiations with iran and unlike many other politicians here in washington who keep repeating the all options on the table mantra but these publicly they say that the chuck hagel has been straightforward in saying a strike on iran should not be an option and he has also been a proponent of a more even handed u.s. policy with regards to these really palestinian conflict and the u.s. has been anything but even handed on the issue it's also for statements like this one that he's been under attack take a look this is chuck hagel in two thousand and six the united states will remain committed to defending israel our relationship with israel is a special and historic one but it need not and cannot be at the
expense of our arab and muslim relationships. that is an irresponsible and dangerous fault choice some saw president obama's decision to nominate chuck hagel as his message to these really hard liners we actually heard president obama say there is too much war talk going on and maybe nominating chuck hagel is his way of bringing down the tension and not not everybody here in washington likes that message but what's interesting since the beginning of the attack campaign against chuck hagel over these two months or so many of the attackers have sort of withdrawn their objections over chuck hagel nomination some say could be because they received assurances behind closed doors that as defense secretary chuck hagel is not going to make any drastic moves to really challenge washington's foreign policy with the doxies. four hundred million dollars in debt and ukraine has russia for more time find out online how it managed to get so far in the red and how it
hopes to get out. one craving for call energy hungry china is burning as much of the black stuff as the rest of the world combined with levels of air pollution in the country skyrocketing thoughts on mine. bulgaria's government is expected to block the russian finance construction of a new nuclear power plant this comes after a national referendum voted in favor of the project the vote however was invalidated due to low turnout but gary has allies in europe and the u.s. fears the project would mean energy dependence on russia and p. room and charles says authorities did their best to bring them both down.
a government bent on still more austerity. and eric schmidt says there are many monsters lurking in dark spots of the world wide web stay tuned to find out what the google chairman is so concerned about. wealthy british style. guys. markets why not. come to. find out what's really happening to the global economy with mike stronger for a no holds barred look at the global financial headlines tune in to conjure reports .
welcome back you're with r t live from the russian capital athens has again ground to a halt with public transport workers and doctors joining a twenty four hour walk out over pension cuts it comes a day after protesters enter the labor minister's office with police and demonstrators then clashing in the streets lawyer george cut through gallows says
the heavy handed response from authorities is intended to send a message. the government has decided to follow up all of the c. of zero tolerance as it says i guess the that existence of your state emissions so we have steam the government to take the medicine measures that they are unconstitutional against the very center and now we have seen the door of their release blocked very violently against a generally peaceful and calm demonstration where only seeing the last three or four weeks i complain of a propaganda that i have to convince us that now the worst has become best the reason i don't believe that this is true is exactly because we are following this same set of policies of was thirty minutes of the four three here us has condemned greece the us five of slow death that this recession of the economy going to actually move the economy on a third source of measures followed by
a season of the population and also the source of rights i think that as far as what we're following this said. there's no hope for us. britain's government has raised taxes twice as fast as cutting them according to a new report putting a damper on david cameron pledged to create a lower tax country and figure so almost three hundred thirty hikes from the ruling coalition further complicating an already notorious system artie's probably boycott picks up the story. by the end of this parliament the u.k. public will have seen cuts to some one hundred nineteen various taxes that all sounds great but for a government that's promised to create a lower tax country needs that they've actually increased some two hundred ninety nine of those taxes might be somewhat confusing the brits the same going to see an extra levy on carbon dioxide emissions that means energy bills again to go up
they're also going to see an increase in air passenger g. which means more expensive air travel and then some of the recent changes to u.k. tax law quite simply bizarre revenue and customs recently increased to be eighty for head dresses renting a chair and a salon and then who can forget the recent hot baked goods scandal when u.k. tax code states said that it pasty would only be taxed if it was sold at above ambient temperatures critics say the system is simply too chaotic but somehow one of the most complex times. times has killed jobs increases prices and it lowers wages so the toyman from these are struggling with the royson cost of living the idea so many times increases will really make life difficult for them it's clear that the british government is in desperate need of cash to deal with the dismal public finances which means that by trimming
a little bit of tax here and adding more tax burden that by twenty fifteen the u.k. treasury hopes to get an extra eighty four billion pounds in tax compared with the year before they came to power but critics say that once again is the british public which ends up out of pocket. artsy london. next hour max kaiser and stacy herbert focused on how british authorities are handling the financial crisis and how they've tried to manipulate public perception of the issue. google's eric schmidt has put forward a scary vision of what the internet could become in the future he says hackers could use the web to launch attacks with drones and that embarrassing information about you could be stored and used against you at any time. has more. the
image of a human future liberated by technology and to hunger teleportation and so on just got a reality dose from a guy who knows eric schmidt who is worth one point five billion dollars and the chairman of google voiced his views on in the internet and the dangers that lurk within it warned that as technology becomes cheaper and easier to use cyber terrorists could use the web to run a drone war essential in california could fly a drone strike a target in a remote part of the world in fact schmidt says hackers will be known as cyber terrorists could well become the targets of the same drones but it's not only about potential terrorists states and governments can use cyber technology to isolate and distort the lives of their critics call this online ethnic cleansing moreover a cyber identities that's your online avatar in social networks could be taken
hostage for ransom actually there are already cases of hackers remotely blocking personal computers and demanding cash or feek cyber identities me soon also form a global black market where users will be able to buy an identity the always dreamed of in real life also pointed to the record so much of our lives is stored on servers now any past mistakes will be there for all the world to see typically at the worst possible moment when you're applying for that job mortgage making the marriage proposal or running to become president in fact the lives of everyone will be so public will have to teach children about cyber safety before safe sex well these are only predictions but smith's depressing vision for the internet is a reminder to be careful whatever you post and do online may bite you back when you least expect it. we look now at some international news in grief to find his own
government's warnings against traveling to the british pm david cameron has flown into tripoli on a surprise visit the prime minister pledged to u.k. support for the country and proud to help with its democratic transition earlier british authorities warned of an imminent threat against its embassy in tripoli warning its citizens to beat the country. north korean leader kim jong un has reportedly impose martial law and told his troops to be ready for war as a nuclear test looms the isolated communist state is widely expected to hold its third ever test late next month meanwhile hundreds of protesters in south korea have called for the north to back down from military threats so has warned again there will be grave consequences if it goes ahead with a nuclear detonation. two hundred people including dozens of children have been injured in a train cross near predator in south africa authorities say the accident happened when a commuter train hit
a stationary one twenty kilometers from the city of urgency services arrived on the scene to find many of the injured walking along the tracks. and egypt's top politicians have reportedly signed a document renouncing widespread violence at protests across the country the agreement came at a meeting attended by leaders of the muslim brotherhood and has a liberal and secular opposition movement it was called as president morsi cut short his trip to germany over the ongoing unrest at home without securing any backing from berlin wagner and journalists while asking their says if morsi had received european support attention may have spiked further. i think the public good the public would be very upset if you know a foreign country would start lending a hand to president mohamed morsi while he is. executing these very oppressive measures against his people has cracked down on
a lot of freedoms sidelined editors arrested people justly and i think that. the sentiment in egypt is basically a rejection of mohamed morsi and the monopoly on power that he that he has and and it's not so much as mohamed morsi he's he's viewed here as a puppet to the guidance bureau so unless he starts taking control and actually doing steps taking the country forward towards a democratic transition i think people will not be pleased otherwise. coming up in just a couple of minutes abby martin's breaking the sat stay with our team. you
know i can kind of sort of understand the mindset of an evil dictator i have trouble understanding what is going on or maybe not going on in the minds of the terrified cogs who believe all the propaganda give up all their rights for the illusion of safety to coach jerry seinfeld who are these people well maybe some of them may be working at your local school braindead bureaucracy zombies at a pennsylvania school suspended a kindergartner note kindergartner as a terrorist threat because she threatened to shoot another student with a gun that shoots soap bubbles i guess this was all a mix up because the girl she wanted to shoot didn't understand that it was in reference to bubbles and not bullets children in kindergarten can often misunderstand things but the administration of the school seems to be no smarter than six year olds immediately going into total panic mode guess what this is hardly the first time that something like this has happened remember the kid who pointed a piece of chicken at a teacher and said bang the thing is that the real terrorism of the event is that